Home Studio Registry: Don Kirby Jr.

Future plans/projects

Better acoustic treatment for my once spare bedroom. Would like to make some money doing this but, who cares? I'm having a good time either way.


Ibanez, Fender Strat and ESP electrics. Ovation and Martin acoustics.


Korg M-1 (What a wonderful old thing).


Boss VF-1, Quadraverb


Sure SM-57, SM-58, Generic PZM, Soon, if I can afford it, a good condensor mic.



Tape decks

Fostex 8-track open reel and matching 2-track (Getting dusty).


Cheesy Sampson 70W per channel amp, Tannoy PBM 6.5 II near field monitors.


1.1 Ghz AMD athalon processor, 512Mb RAM, 10 Gig IDE drive for software and programs, 30 Gig IDE drive for recording space, Plextor CD-RW (for mastering). Guilmot Isis Studio sound card.

Music software

Cakewalk Guitar Studio 2, Cakewalk Pro Audio 9, Cubase VST24, N-Track Studio.

Additional equipment

The usual patch bays, Behringer Composer Compressor/Limiter.

Additional notes

Sound cards, sound cards, sound cards. The Guilmot is a good card ($300), and because I'm mastering to CD within the computer, I don't need a lot of in/outs. There are better ones out there for sure, but not in the same price range. I haven't quite decided on the best software to use, however in the long run it's all about what you feel most comfortable with. One final note: This studio was cheap for the quality of sound I can get. The total for the above equipment was only about $3000 (Not including the instruments).

Primary use Secondary use
Jamming and Fun Composition
Recording level MIDI level
Above average Average
Commonly work (with) Completed songs/demos/jingles
Other musicians